The miraculous image of Mary venerated in the basilica of St Matthias (Matthew) in Trier, Germany.
The official name of the image is Seat of Wisdom, a Marian title from the Litany of Loreto. The painting was inspired by the icon of the Madonna Salus Populi Romani in Rome, which is considered a true portrait of Mary.
Charity (1878). William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905). Oil on canvas.
The child to the right of Charity is reading the Evangelium, the gospel, while leaning against two volumes of books, possibly the Old and the New Testaments. Yet, a far more prominent and ingenious referral to the love of God is established through the brilliant golden sunrays that light up the sleeping blond child in Charity’s left arm. Here, Bouguereau balances the traditional aesthetics of the Renaissance Madonna and Child compositions and preserving the identity of his subject, La Charité.